Wendy Burton's biography

I have been gainfully employed at University of the Fraser Valley since 1979 when it was Fraser Valley College. I was originally a faculty member in Communications, where I taught work place writing, research and report writing, and public speaking.  In 1984 I became the coordinator of the College Achievement Program, a transition program for aboriginal adult learners. In 1993 I became department head of Communications Department, a position I held until 1999. 

I became a member of the B.A. Adult Education in 1995 as a sessional instructor. In 1999, my duties were split between managing UFV Online, our online campus, and teaching in Adult Education. I have taught Honouring Diversity in Adult Education Settings, Educational Technology, Program Planning, Assessing Adult Learning, and History of Aboriginal Adult Education as well as the introductory courses and directed independent studies.

In 2009, I accepted the inaugural position as Director, Teaching and Learning. This term appointment has provided opportunities to work with faculty engaged in the pursuit of teaching excellence. I continue to be engaged in developing services for faculty and students in all learning environments, including fully online and hybrid. I have been interested in and committed to educational technology since I met my first main frame at Queen’s University in 1976.

I have been involved in community service since 1979. I am one of the founding members of the Ann Davis Transition House and the Upper Fraser Valley Transition Society; a founding member of Intervention, a program for inmates at Mountain Institution; a member of Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes; a board member of BC/Yukon Society of Transition Societies; and inaugural member International Advisory Committee Instructional Skills Workshop.  I have held several executive positions in the UFV Faculty and Staff Association between 1980 and 2010. I am currently working with street-involved youth in the sex trade.

My focus in my professional life is social justice. As a feminist, I bring this critical analysis to all I do.  My particular focus is the education of aboriginal adults.

My academic background began with an honours degree in English Literature from University of Victoria and a M.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University. I completed my Ed.D. in the department of history and philosophy of education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. My dissertation – the View from Within – examines story-telling and aboriginal adult education through the lens of feminist epistemology. 

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